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Your Morning Dump… Where Nate doesn’t suck

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“At halftime I said, ‘Nate, just a notice for you: you’re the starting point guard now, and I’m going to give you a lot of instruction. It’s not criticism,’ ” said the C’s coach. “When Nate gets coaching at times, he hangs his head, and in the second quarter I couldn’t even give him a play because he thought I was going to say ‘Nate you suck’ or something. I don’t know what he thought I was going to say.

“But he was great; he even started laughing at halftime,” said Rivers. “That relaxed him and allowed him to play a little bit more. But with Rondo, I’m used to telling him what I need everybody to do. I was doing that with Nate, and Nate was like, ‘Enough; no more.’ But he finally got what I was doing.”

Herald: Nate Robinson must endure Doc's criticism

"[Rivers] was on my ass today," Robinson admitted. "He was yelling a lot. I was trying to make sure I was in the right spots. He would tell me at halftime, he said, 'If I start yelling at you, I'm giving you positive criticism.' So I said, 'It's all good coach. I'm not mad about it. I'm just mad at myself for messing up and not being in the right spots on the court. As time goes on, I'll get better with it.'"

CSNNE:  Robinson at point guard will be a learning experience 

Nate can be frustrating… no doubt.  I'm not gonna lie… the pull up jumper with no rebounders and 20 seconds left on the shot clock kills me every time.  I'd like to see a little more ball movement out of Nate… but then he wouldn't be Nate, would he?

And Doc has told him time and time again… you gotta be you.  So we will have to endure the quick trigger occasionally because that just allows him to play freely and do a lot of other things well.  And he hits a few of those shots… so it's not ALL bad. 

That's the thing with Nate… it's a "good with the bad" situation with him as your point guard.  He's a scorer.  He's always going to have that mentality.  He's just 5 foot nothin'… so he's not going to be playing small forward… which is probably the position where his game belongs.

But Doc's a good coach… and Doc and Nate are clearly working together on this.  So the C's will be OK until Rondo gets back.  That's the best part.  There's no need to rush Rondo back because Nate can handle the job.  And on a night like last night where he's struggling as a distributor, Doc can adjust and let Paul Pierce handle the ball more and the job can get done that way.

Related Links:  WEEI:  Doc to Nate:  Don't worry, you don't suck  |  Globe:  Robinson time  |  Robinson gets pointed the right way 

On Page 2: Delonte wants to come back next month

"I might be back a lot sooner than people think," he told following the Celtics-Hawks game. "I'm pushing for mid-January."

West has been sidelined since breaking his right (non-shooting) wrist on November 24 against the New Jersey Nets.

Even though there is no timetable set for his return and there were initial projections that West could miss the majority of the regular season, West believes he will be back sooner than that.

"I feel wonderful, first and foremost," he said. "I use a bone stimulator for 10 hours a day. I get this cast off in two weeks, but I've already started conditioning, shooting jumpers and working out already."

He says there are no medical restrictions to the number of shots he can take. There is, however, a signal of when he should stop . . . and it isn't pain.

"[I can shoot] as much as I want to," he said. "It's just that the more I sweat, the more my hand starts to stink, so I try to keep it at a minimum. But as soon as I get this cast off it's all about rehabilitation from there, seeing how weak the hand actually is."

CSNNE:  West pushing for mid-January return

How can you not love Delonte West?  Honestly? 

Jermaine O'Neal should start practicing again soon… Shaq will be back any time now (I think)… Delonte is coming back sometime in January (I hope) then Perk comes back a month after that. 

So by March or April, we'll might FINALLY have a full Celtics team.  Just in time for the playoffs.  

Amazing how that happens, huh?

Herald: Injuries can't stop C's win streak  |  Rondo injury adds to growing concern  |  Erden sweet in win  |  ESPN Boston:  Postgame Notes:  C's deny Smith a FG again  |  First impressions  |  Rondo leads All Star balloting  |  WEEI:  Ray Allen drops some NBA knowledge  |  What's next for the C's without Rajon Rondo  |  Globe:  C's win by a healthy margin  |  Rondo out at least 2 weeks  |  Walker's on the rebound  |  CSNNE:  Antoine Walker plays in Maine  |  Wafer (back) latest in a long line of injured Celtics  |  Celtics find a way to win  |  MWDN: Green Machine rolls on  |  Post-deadline thoughts: Semih-precious night at the Garden  |  Telegram:  Too few? C's make do   |  CSN Washington:  Doc does things the right way  |  Celtics Blog:  Who says the 15th spot isn't important?  |  PerkIsABeast:  In the pivot with Clifford Ray:  Episode 7 – Robert Parish

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  • Mileke

    Goood News About Delonte I love it, he’s a true warrior, And Nate Rob will be fine in the starting roll, we just need Von to get better so he can have a breather every now and then, I love the C’s cause all they wanna do is FIGHT!

  • For those of us who didn’t love the Eddie House/Nate trade, this is an example of where Nate provides things Eddie couldn’t have. We would be leaning on a lot of point-forward action from Paul, Ray, and Quis if we didn’t have Nate right now.

  • Mr Miyagi

    Delonte West: I use a bone stimulator for 10 hours a day.
    Where do I sign up?.

  • It has to be hard for Nate, as long as he can keep his perspective and composure he’ll be excellent. Though it has to be hard to be such a different guard than Rondo and try to fill his role. It’s an adjustment for the starters and for Nate, and because Nate wants to win he takes it personally that the starters have to adjust.. but in the end it’s normal for any new starter to work into the flow. Sounds like he and Doc are getting closer to the same page.
    The 2nd half last night he looked very different than the first.. and yes, those pull up J’s are enough to drive me mad, but consider this.. Rondo doesn’t have the jumper and that means defenders can collapse… Wait, Nate shoots too many jumpers. I’m guilty of it. Play on playah.. play on Nate.

  • BRADinLA

    Hey, Mr. Miyagi isn’t supposed to make dirty jokes!

  • BRADinLA

    Games like last night destroy the “Nate’s better at the point than Rondo. Start Nate even when Rondo’s healthy” argument. Please.

  • Mr Miyagi

    Get your mind out of the gutter, Young Dragon.
    Wax on. Wacks off.
    Hold the fort out there, BRADinLA!

  • DRJ

    Do you remember the play where Nate ran into the backcourt to chase a Hawks backcourt violation, saved it, then threw it directly to a Hawk for 3 points? I make no judgment statement. None. That act speaks for itself. (STUPIDEST DAMN THINK I EVER SAW A PLAYER DO!)